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article imageFirst 9/11 lesson plan to be tested in New York, six states

By Andrew Moran     Sep 9, 2009 in World
With two days until the eighth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Associated Press has learned that a comprehensive 9/11 lesson plan will be tested on children in New York City and six other states.
On Tuesday, family members of those who died on September 11, 2001, college and university professors and the former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani unveiled a new curriculum that would attempt to educate children about the terrorist attacks. The event was held at a hotel just a few blocks from the World Trade Center complex, according to The Associated Press.
The curriculum was created by the September 11 Education Trust based in New Jersey. The work was developed through primary sources, footage and more than 70 interviews with witness, victims, public officials, the Mayor and then-Senator of New York Hillary Clinton.
The leson plan will use a variety of teaching techniques such as videos, lessons and even interactive exercises. One part of the course even requires students to use Google Earth to locate global terrorist activity.
Anthony Gardner, the Executive Director of the September 11 Education Trust, told The Associated Press, ‘In a few years, we will be teaching students who were not even alive at the time of the attacks.’ The goal is to have children who don’t have strong memories of the event that changed the world today be able to understand what exactly happened.
Former 2008 Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said that it’s important for the students to understand how the September 11 attacks affect current policies, both foreign and domestic, today. He further noted that it’s also important to understand the threat of terrorism, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This new 9/11 curriculum will be tested in New York City, California, Alabama, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois and New Jersey.
‘This is one of the critical subjects on which young people should develop some ideas and thoughts. They're going to have to live with this for quite some time. It gives young people a framework in which to think about Sept. 11, all that it meant and all that it means to the present,’ added Gardner.
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